Free school meals and clothing grants

Help with school meals during school holidays

Where a pupil is eligible for free school meals because of low income, additional help may be available during the school holidays. Find more information on the website: School meals

Where a pupil is currently not eligible for Free School Meals and you think they may be eligible, you must apply. (You apply for a Clothing Grant using the same form as for Free School Meals.)

The table below will be updated throughout the year to confirm when any additional payments will be made.

Free school meals and clothing grants updates
Payment Paid to bank accounts Details

Christmas Holiday Payment

Thursday 15 December 2022

P1-S6 Wednesday 21 December 2022 to Wednesday 4 January 2023

  • £23.10 per primary pupil
  • £25.30 per secondary pupil
Scottish Child Bridging Payments Thursday 15 December 2022

£260 per pupil for those eligible for Free School Meals P1-S6

  • Children and young people receiving universal Free School Meal provision – i.e. those in P1-P5 who would not qualify for Free School Meals on low income criteria - are not eligible.
  • It will only cover pupils currently eligible and applications received up until 20 December 2022 which are subsequently approved.
  • Any payments not made by 15 December 2022 because applications have not yet been completed or approved will be paid by 31 January 2023.

Changes to Scottish Child Payment took effect on 14 November 2022. The Scottish Child Payment was already being paid by Social Security Scotland for eligible children under the age of 6 in Scotland. From 14 November it is available for eligible children under the age of 16 and is increased in value to £25 a week for each child.  

You will need to take action to apply for the Scottish Child Payment even if you currently receive Bridging Payments. Bridging Payments are coming to an end, with the final payment due in December 2022. No further Bridging Payments will be made once these awards have been made. If you are eligible for a Bridging Payment in December, you will still receive it whether or not you have applied for Scottish Child Payment.

If you are eligible, and have responsibility for one or more children aged 6 to15, you need to take action after 14 November 2022 to ensure you receive the support you are entitled to.

Scottish Welfare Fund

If you are in extreme financial hardship you may want to apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

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